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Fork lift driver raises a bit more than he expected
A fork lift driver from Dagenham raised a bit more than he expected when he organised a charity fundraising night.
28 year-old Aaron Barham wanted to raise money to help Saint Francis Hospice after they cared for his mum Angela Barham before her death aged just 53.
"The hospice was absolutely brilliant for my mum," said Aaron (pictured). "When she was at the hospice my family knew that she was in the best hands 24/7. We wanted to give something back to the hospice so I decided to put on a fundraising night. I approached the Mill House Social Club in New Road, Dagenham and the Secretary there, Ken Brown, gave me use of the hall free of charge. My target was to raise £1,000 and to help get the money we put on a disco on June 6th, charged £10 at the door, organised a raffle with tickets for a fiver and also organised an auction that Ken ran where we sold off items including a signed Paul Gascoigne shirt, and boxing gear signed by Carl Froch and John H. Stracey," he added.
Lynne Norris who works at the Mill House helped on the night: "I was the rottweiler on the door," she joked. "No-one got in without paying and there were at least 200 people here. It was well-supported because Saint Francis Hospice has a place in so many people's hearts round here," she said. Lynne is no stranger to fundraising herself as she took part in the Star Walk in July and raised £455 for Saint Francis Hospice.
At the end of the night when they counted up the takings Aaron found that they had raised £2,687.55. "I didn't expect to raise that much but we were delighted," he said.
Michelle Gower from the fundraising team at Saint Francis Hospice visited the Mill House on August 26th to collect the money.
"Aaron and the Mill House did an amazing job raising so much money for us in one night. The money will be used to fund our doctors and nurses and help us continue providing care free of charge to local people," said Michelle.
Left to right: Michelle Gower, Lynne Norris and Aaron Barham outside the Mill House Social Club in Dagenham.